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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151156/deep-rnaseq-indicates-protective-mechanisms-of-cold-tolerant-indica-rice-plants-during-early-vegetative-stage
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Raul Antonio Sperotto, Artur Teixeira de Araújo Junior, Janete Mariza Adamski, Denise Cargnelutti, Felipe Klein Ricachenevsky, Ben-Hur Neves de Oliveira, Renata Pereira da Cruz, Rinaldo Pires Dos Santos, Leila Picolli da Silva, Janette Palma Fett
Cold-tolerance in rice may be related to increased cellulose deposition in the cell wall, membrane fatty acids unsaturation and differential expression of several newly identified genes. Low temperature exposure during early vegetative stages limits rice plant's growth and development. Most genes previously related to cold tolerance in rice are from the japonica subspecies. To help clarify the mechanisms that regulate cold tolerance in young indica rice plants, comparative transcriptome analysis of 6 h cold-treated (10 °C) leaves from two genotypes, cold-tolerant (CT) and cold-sensitive (CS), was performed...
November 18, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151137/blood-brain-barrier-transport-and-neuroprotective-potential-of-blackberry-digested-polyphenols-an-in-vitro-study
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Inês Figueira, Lucélia Tavares, Carolina Jardim, Inês Costa, Ana P Terrasso, Andreia F Almeida, Coen Govers, Jurriaan J Mes, Rui Gardner, Jörg D Becker, Gordon J McDougall, Derek Stewart, Augusto Filipe, Kwang S Kim, Dora Brites, Catarina Brito, M Alexandra Brito, Cláudia N Santos
PURPOSE: Epidemiological and intervention studies have attempted to link the health effects of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with the consumption of polyphenols and their impact in neurodegenerative diseases. Studies have shown that polyphenols can cross the intestinal barrier and reach concentrations in the bloodstream able to exert effects in vivo. However, the effective uptake of polyphenols into the brain is still regarded with some reservations. Here we describe a combination of approaches to examine the putative transport of blackberry-digested polyphenols (BDP) across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and ultimate evaluation of their neuroprotective effects...
November 18, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150978/mice-lacking-a-functional-nmda-receptor-exhibit-social-subordination-in-a-group-housed-environment
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Waka Ujita, Ayako Kohyama-Koganeya, Nozomi Endo, Toki Saito, Hiroshi Oyama
Social dominance, in which an individual asserts control over others or benefits most after social conflict, has an influence on social behaviour. However, the mechanisms mediating social dominance remain unclear. Social dominance within social groups determines the distribution of rewards such as food and access to mating partners, which can act as reinforcers. In this study, we used the water competition test to determine whether mice were dominant or subordinate. We have previously reported that mice heterozygous for a missense mutation in Grin1 (Grin1(Rgsc174) ) showed altered social behaviour, with increased locomotor activity, novelty-seeking and anxiety...
November 18, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150865/enhanced-mu-opioid-receptor-dependent-opioidergic-modulation-of-striatal-cholinergic-transmission-in-dyt1-dystonia
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Giulia Ponterio, Annalisa Tassone, Giuseppe Sciamanna, Valentina Vanni, Maria Meringolo, Massimo Santoro, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Paola Bonsi, Antonio Pisani
BACKGROUND: Mu opioid receptor activation modulates acetylcholine release in the dorsal striatum, an area deeply involved in motor function, habit formation, and reinforcement learning as well as in the pathophysiology of different movement disorders, such as dystonia. Although the role of opioids in drug reward and addiction is well established, their involvement in motor dysfunction remains largely unexplored. METHODS: We used a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the responses to mu activation in 2 mouse models of DYT1 dystonia (Tor1a(+/Δgag) mice, Tor1a(+/-) torsinA null mice, and their respective wild-types)...
November 18, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150632/mucoadhesive-functionality-of-cell-wall-structures-from-fruits-and-grains-electrostatic-and-polymer-network-interactions-mediated-by-soluble-dietary-polysaccharides
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Oliver W Meldrum, Gleb E Yakubov, Ghanendra Gartaula, Michael A McGuckin, Michael J Gidley
We demonstrate the enhancement of intestinal mucin (Muc2) binding to plant cell wall structures from fruit (parenchymal apple tissue) and grain (wheat endosperm) mediated by soluble dietary fibers embedded within cellulose networks. Mucin binding occurs through two distinct mechanisms; for pectin polysaccharides characteristic of fruits and vegetables, it is governed by molecular mucoadhesive interactions, while for neutral polysaccharides, arabinoxylan and β-glucan characteristic of cereal grains, the interaction stems from the properties of their polymer network...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150026/regulatory-t-cells-friends-or-foe-in-human-mycobacterium-leprae-infection
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Ana T Chaves, Atvaldo F Ribeiro-Junior, Sandra Lyon, Nayara I Medeiros, Fábio Cassirer-Costa, Karina S Paula, Edilamar S Alecrim, Cristiane A S Menezes, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, Manoel O C Rocha, Juliana A S Gomes
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are known to control immune responses by suppressing the antigen-presenting and effector T cells. Some mechanisms adopted by Tregs in combating Mycobacterium infections have been proposed. Nevertheless, in M. leprae infection, also known as leprosy or Hansen's disease, the role of Tregs has not been completely elucidated. Using multicolor flow cytometry, we evaluated the expression of different cell surface and intracellular molecules present in Tregs from peripheral blood samples of leprosy patients...
November 13, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149822/olive-leaf-extracts-act-as-modulators-of-the-human-immune-response
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Thea Magrone, Anna Spagnoletta, Rosaria Salvatore, Manrico Magrone, Francesco Dentamaro, Matteo Antonio Russo, Graziana Difonzo, Carmine Summo, Francesco Caponio, Emilio Jirillo
BACKGROUND: Olive tree leaves have been used in the Mediterranean area as traditional medicine in virtue of their healthy effects. Olive leaf extracts (OLEs) contain higher amounts of polyphenols than those detected in the extra virgin olive oil and fruit. Several lines of evidence support the cardioprotective, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities exerted by OLEs. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from twenty-five healthy donors were cultured in the presence of 3 μg of two OLE extracts, extract A (resuspended in water) and extract B (resuspended in 70% ethanol)...
November 15, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149736/graphene-oxide-reinforced-ionic-liquid-functionalized-adsorbent-for-solid-phase-extraction-of-phenolic-acids
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Xiudan Hou, Xiaofeng Lu, Sheng Tang, Licheng Wang, Yong Guo
An environmental friendly sorbent of polymeric ionic liquids modified graphene oxide-grafted silica (PILs@GO@Sil) was synthesized for solid-phase extraction (SPE) of phenolic acids. The sorbent was prepared via a chemical layer-to-layer fabrication including amidation reaction, surface radical chain-transfer polymerization and in situ anion exchange. After modification with PILs, the silica surface had higher positive potential so that it would exhibit stronger electrostatic interaction for acidic compounds compared with GO@Sil...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149538/psychologic-intimate-partner-violence-and-the-risk-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-rio-de-janeiro
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Gustavo Lobato, Michael E Reichenheim, Claudia L Moraes, Fernando M Peixoto-Filho, Lívia S Migowski
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether psychologic intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy is a risk factor for intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). METHODS: The cross-sectional study enrolled 810 randomly selected mothers of infants younger than 5 months attending basic health services in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from January to July 2007. Psychologic and physical IPV were evaluated by the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale; IUGR was defined as below the 10th percentile of the Alexander curve...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149198/experiences-of-older-people-with-dementia-participating-in-a-high-intensity-functional-exercise-program-in-nursing-homes-while-it-s-tough-it-s-useful
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Nina Lindelöf, Lillemor Lundin-Olsson, Dawn A Skelton, Berit Lundman, Erik Rosendahl
The objective of the study was to describe the views and experiences of participation in a high-intensity functional exercise (HIFE) program among older people with dementia in nursing homes. The study design was a qualitative interview study with 21 participants (15 women), aged 74-96, and with a Mini-Mental State Examination score of 10-23 at study start. The HIFE-program comprises exercises performed in functional weight-bearing positions and including movements used in everyday tasks. The exercise was individually designed, supervised in small groups in the nursing homes and performed during four months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149116/solving-the-problem-of-smoking-in-the-polish-enterprises-during-2003-2015
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Elżbieta Korzeniowska, Krzysztof Puchalski
OBJECTIVES: Tobacco smoking is a major organizational, economical, and public relations-related (PR-related) problem for the company. Moreover, it is an important health determinant of the working population. The paper reports the results of the research which analyzed the current state and the tobacco control activities' transformations undertaken by Polish employers between 2003 and 2015. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data comes from the research performed in 2006, 2010 and 2015, involving random- selected representative samples of Polish enterprises, employing no fewer than 50 employees...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148912/influence-of-different-restoration-techniques-on-fracture-resistance-of-root-filled-teeth-in-vitro-investigation
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M E Hshad, E E Dalkılıç, G C Ozturk, I Dogruer, F Koray
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the fracture strength of endodontically treated mandibular premolar teeth restored with composites and different reinforcement techniques. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Forty-eight freshly extracted human mandibular premolar teeth were randomly divided into four groups: group IN, group CR, group FRC, and group PRF. Group IN consisted of teeth with intact crowns and served as the control group. In the other three groups, endodontic treatment was performed and standard mesio-occluso-distal (MOD) cavities were prepared...
November 17, 2017: Operative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148345/exploring-the-role-of-executive-functioning-capacity-in-patient-activation-and-health-outcomes-among-medicaid-members-with-multiple-comorbidities
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Kimberly Case, Yi Guo, Sara Jo Nixon, Keith Muller, Tianyao Huo, Robert Prather, Heather Morris, Dena Stoner, Elizabeth Shenkman
Patient activation, the perceived capacity to manage one's health, is positively associated with better health outcomes and lower costs. Underlying characteristics influencing patient activation are not completely understood leading to gaps in intervention strategies designed to improve patient activation. We suggest that variability in executive functioning influences patient activation and ultimately has an impact on health outcomes. To examine this hypothesis, 440 chronically ill Medicaid enrollees completed measures of executive functioning, patient activation, and health-related quality of life...
May 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147867/population-structure-of-candida-parapsilosis-no-genetic-difference-between-french-and-urugayan-isolates-using-microsatellite-length-polymorphism
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Marie Desnos-Ollivier, Victoria Bórmida, Philippe Poirier, Céline Nourrisson, Dinorah Pan, Stéphane Bretagne, Andrès Puime, Françoise Dromer
Candida parapsilosis is a human commensal yeast, frequently involved in infection worldwide and especially in neonates. It is the second species responsible for bloodstream infections in Uruguay and the third species in France. We were interested in knowing whether the population structure of isolates responsible for candidemia in France and in Uruguay was different. Genotyping methods based on microsatellite length polymorphism (MLP) have been described and are especially used for investigation of local outbreaks...
November 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147690/physiological-ph-dependent-gelation-for-3d-printing-based-on-the-phase-separation-of-gelatin-and-oxidized-dextran
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Zengmin Du, Ningfeng Li, Yujie Hua, Yong Shi, Chunyan Bao, Hongbo Zhang, Yi Yang, Qiuning Lin, Linyong Zhu
An extrudable hydrogel with a tunable gelation time under physiological pH ranges based on the phase separation of gelatin and oxidized dextran was demonstrated. We envision that the easy handing properties of this hydrogel combined with thermosensitive physical gelation and postponed chemical reinforcing will provide a platform for 3D bioprinting applications.
November 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147681/crimped-nanofibrous-biomaterials-mimic-microstructure-and-mechanics-of-native-tissue-and-alter-strain-transfer-to-cells
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Spencer E Szczesny, Tristan P Driscoll, Hsiao-Yun Tseng, Pang-Ching Liu, Su-Jin Heo, Robert L Mauck, Pen-Hsiu G Chao
To fully recapitulate tissue microstructure and mechanics, fiber crimping must exist within biomaterials used for tendon/ligament engineering. Existing crimped nanofibrous scaffolds produced via electrospinning are dense materials that prevent cellular infiltration into the scaffold interior. In this study, we used a sacrificial fiber population to increase the scaffold porosity and evaluated the effect on fiber crimping. We found that increasing scaffold porosity increased fiber crimping and ensured that the fibers properly uncrimped as the scaffolds were stretched by minimizing fiber-fiber interactions...
November 13, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147563/a-novel-microaneurysms-detection-approach-based-on-convolutional-neural-networks-with-reinforcement-sample-learning-algorithm
#17
Umit Budak, Abdulkadir Şengür, Yanhui Guo, Yaman Akbulut
Microaneurysms (MAs) are known as early signs of diabetic-retinopathy which are called red lesions in color fundus images. Detection of MAs in fundus images needs highly skilled physicians or eye angiography. Eye angiography is an invasive and expensive procedure. Therefore, an automatic detection system to identify the MAs locations in fundus images is in demand. In this paper, we proposed a system to detect the MAs in colored fundus images. The proposed method composed of three stages. In the first stage, a series of pre-processing steps are used to make the input images more convenient for MAs detection...
December 2017: Health Information Science and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146598/structural-analyses-unravel-the-molecular-mechanism-of-cyclic-di-gmp-regulation-of-bacterial-chemotaxis-via-a-pilz-adaptor-protein
#18
Xin-Fu Yan, Lingyi Xin, Jackie Tan Yen, Yukai Zeng, Shengyang Jin, Qing Wei Cheang, Rachel Andrea Chea Yuen Fong, Keng-Hwee Chiam, Zhao-Xun Liang, Yong-Gui Gao
The bacterial second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) has emerged as a prominent mediator of bacterial physiology, motility and pathogenicity. Cdi-GMP often regulates the function of its protein targets through a unique mechanism that involves a discrete PilZ adaptor protein. However, the molecular mechanism in c-di-GMP-mediated protein regulation is unclear. Here, we present the structure of the PilZ adaptor protein MapZ co-crystallized in complex with c-di-GMP and its protein target CheR1, a chemotaxis-regulating methyltransferase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa This co-crystal structure, together with the structure of free CheR1, revealed that the binding of c-di-GMP induces dramatic structural changes in MapZ that are crucial for CheR1 binding...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146140/patient-experiences-of-dietary-management-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-focus-group-study
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Jaimon T Kelly, Katrina L Campbell, Tammy Hoffmann, Dianne P Reidlinger
OBJECTIVE: People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) contend with complex dietary recommendations. The challenge in practice is for clinicians to provide individualized support with the frequency and consistency required to sustain dietary changes. This study aimed to describe the experiences of patients with managing dietary recommendations, including their perspectives on the potential to use telehealth to support dietary management in CKD. DESIGN: Focus group study...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145815/illness-recognition-and-care-seeking-for-maternal-complications-of-pregnancy-and-birth-in-rural-amhara-and-oromia-regional-states-of-ethiopia
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Lynn Sibley, Yared Amare
BACKGROUND: Ethiopia has made steady progress in improving maternal health over the decade, yet mortality remains high. The Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) was a 3.5-year project aimed at developing a community-oriented model to improve maternal and newborn survival in rural Ethiopia. Two years after the project ended, we carried out a case study to explore illness recognition and care seeking for complications of pregnancy and childbirth in the project area...
November 16, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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